The New Normal

 
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The New Normal
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12+
Release Date
March 01, 2013
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978-1459800748
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Tamar Robinson knows a lot about loss - more than any teenager should. Her younger sisters are dead, her parents are adrift in a sea of grief, and now Tamar is losing her hair. Nevertheless, she navigates her rocky life as best she can, not always with grace, but with her own brand of twisted humor. She joins the chess club with her friend Roy, earns a part in the school production of The Wizard of Oz, buys an awesome wig, lands a crappy job, gets invited to the prom (by three different guys!) and helps her parents re-enter the land of the living. What Tamar lacks in tact (and hair), she makes up for in sheer tenacity.

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I’m actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The synopsis was really vague, but it peeked my interests so I gave it a try.

Stories about after death are for some reason a favorite of mine. Tamar had a great voice. Some people hide the part of grief where you are mad at the dead. But Tamar embraced that, and I felt more connected to her because of it. Everyone must go through the different stages of grief to finally feel somewhat normal.

I loved her parents. And I loved Roy and how he perceived Tamar.

There wasn’t much of a storyline, but it just made it easier to breeze through this book. Not that this book is in anyway light, but I just wanted to stay with Tamar, her parents, and Roy a littler longer. Just to make sure they were going to be okay.
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